November 11, 2016
Commander (2016 Edition)
Yidris, Maelstrom Wielder
An ogre from the Grixis shard of Alara, Yidris was afflicted with unstable mutations that threatened to shatter his mind. No magic could relieve his curse. After Grixis collided with the other shards during the Conflux, knights from Bant drove Yidris into a volatile storm of raw mana. The unpredictable power of this Maelstrom stabilized his mutations and made Yidris a conduit for its own chaos.
Saskia the Unyielding
Saskia was the sole survivor of a massacre. The tradition of her people calls for the survivors of a battle to erect a monument for the fallen—a task Saskia toiled at in solitude for nearly ten years. As news of her labor spread, thousands of warriors journeyed to see Saskia place the final stone upon this symbol of defiance. The monument complete, her mind turned from mourning to vengeance.
Kynaios and Tiro of Meletis
A vast region of Theros was once ruled by the tyrant Agnomakhos, an immortal archon. Until one day, Kynaios and Tiro, joined by their love for one another and for freedom, rose to challenge him. The people rallied to their cause, and Agnomakhos was defeated. The polis of Meletis was founded on the ruins as a beacon of freedom and enlightenment, and Kynaios and Tiro became its guardians.
Atraxa, Praetors' Voice
Atraxa marks the final victory in the Phyrexian conquest of Mirrodin. Once a Mirran angel who opposed Phyrexia's corruption, she was captured while protecting a Mirran retreat. The praetor Elesh Norn honored her tenacity with the gift of Phyrexian compleation. Jin-Gitaxias, Sheoldred, and Vorinclex all joined Elesh Norn's efforts, and Atraxa was born—a testament to Phyrexia's singular purpose.
Breya, Etherium Shaper
The Esper shard of Alara strives to augment all living things with etherium, an aether-infused alloy. Esperites believed the etherium supply was finite. But, while exploring Jund, Breya discovered carmot, the red stone necessary to create etherium. Breya replaced most of her body with etherium she created. Then her etherium was influenced by the wild magic of Jund and she gained powerful abilities.
Kydele, Chosen of Kruphix
Kydele serves as the primary oracle to Kruphix, Theros's enigmatic god of horizons and mysteries. For Kydele, there is no greater virtue than seeking and facing the truth. From her seat at Kruphix's temple, Kydele has seen truths that would unravel the minds of lesser mortals. Kruphix revealed to Kydele the true nature of the gods and Theros's place in the Multiverse, a sight she can never unsee.
Thrasios, Triton Hero
Thrasios is a triton, one of the few living alongside humans in the massive coastal polis of Meletis. Believing he possesses the divine sanction of Thassa, god of the sea, Thrasios has left his home and embarked on a pilgrimage to explore the ocean's depths. He claims to have visited the ruins of the fabled polis of Olantin on his most recent expedition, though few believe him.
Vial Smasher the Fierce
The denizens of Tarkir are all too familiar with the destructive power of dragonfire, and Vial Smasher, a goblin of the Kolaghan clan, is no exception. Brash and fearless, she has spent a lifetime handling—and smashing—vials of this dangerous substance. In another timeline, with another name, the planeswalker Sarkhan Vol considered her a clan-mate and a friend.
Tymna the Weaver
Tymna is one of the few mortals on Theros to have mastered the magic of the Fates. She once served among the Battlewise of Meletis, an order that takes pride in winning battles through tactics, not force. Her career was cut short by a chariot accident that left her blind. Now, she meticulously twines the strands of destiny, the threads vibrating beneath her fingertips as her machinations play out.
As an oracle of Athreos, the god of passage, Ravos knew the fleeting nature of life. Even so, watching his beloved perish in battle was too much for Ravos to bear. He bargained to help Athreos guide the dead to the Underworld in exchange for seeing his dead lover once each year. Now, Ravos plots his beloved's rescue, and secretly defies Athreos by escorting the dead back to the land of the living.
Tana, the Bloodsower
Locals whisper of a forest spirit whose thirst for the blood of travelers knows no bounds. They're actually speaking of Tana, an elf abandoned in the woods as a child. For unknown reasons, a pod of fungal saprolings took her in and protected her from the wild. Tana has since grown into a feral prowler, viciously hunting trespassers to feed her saproling caretakers.
From his remote laboratory in Nephalia, Ludevic has established himself as the most prolific practitioner of a terrifying tradition: cobbling together monsters from the tissues of the dead. What makes Ludevic unique is that his fascination goes beyond the mysteries of flesh and life—he's captivated by the nuances of the mind. He derives great pleasure from studying the horror his creations inspire.
Kraum, Ludevic's Opus
Since creating Kraum, the necro-alchemist Ludevic has spent almost a decade trying to replicate that singular work of genius. Kraum flies on galvanic membranes that issue bursts of static pops, which accompany the endless cackling of one of its hideous heads. A regular sight above the rooftops of Selhoff, Kraum's terrifying presence has made Ludevic a wanted man.
Sidar Kondo of Jamuraa
In his homeland of Jamuraa on the plane of Dominaria, Kondo was a leader during the Mirage War. An accomplished knight and expert horseman, Kondo always seemed to appear at the most critical moment of a battle. He raised two sons—Vuel, his own blood, and Gerrard Capashen, an adopted refugee with a heroic destiny. Unfortunately, envy and bitterness consumed Vuel, and Kondo died by his son's hands.
Ikra Shidiqi, the Usurper
Among the clans of Tarkir, the Sultai revered ruthlessness above all other virtues, building a reputation for cruelty and deception. As history would prove, deception trumps cruelty. The reign of the Sultai's last khan, Tasigur, was cut short when Ikra Shidiqi, his naga advisor, betrayed him to the dragonlord Silumgar. Silumgar rewarded her act of treachery by making Ikra his first dragonspeaker.
Reyhan, Last of the Abzan
Over a thousand years ago, the khan of the Abzan surrendered to the dragonlord Dromoka as Reyhan watched. That act of supplication was meant to end the Abzan clan, but Reyhan refused to kneel to a dragon. Reyhan rallied the remnants of her shattered clan and became its final khan. During the khanfall, the last battle against the dragons, Reyhan died protecting her fellow khans.
Ishai, Ojutai Dragonspeaker
Ishai is the personal attendant of Ojutai, a wise and ancient dragonlord of Tarkir. Ojutai has had many heralds and holds no personal attachment to any of them, but Ishai's years of service have gained her a great deal of autonomy. Ishai's word carries the authority of Ojutai, and she demands the full respect of her clan.
Akiri once guided a kor band on Zendikar, but she struck out on her own when an Eldrazi attack killed her comrades. Now she uses her line-slinging expertise to safeguard travelers from Ulamog. Death won't catch Akiri off-guard—she believes preparation and self-reliance are the keys to survival in a hostile world, and they've kept her alive so far.
Bruse Tarl, Boorish Herder
A Zendikar native, Bruse Tarl was once a humble nomadic herder known for the colorful manner in which he motivated his oxen. When swarms of Eldrazi monsters spread across the continent of Akoum, threatening to annihilate his caravan, Bruse organized a resistance. After dozens of battles, the fame of his feats against the Eldrazi is only exceeded by the creativity of the insults he hurls at them.
Silas Renn, Seeker Adept
The House of Renn is one of the most influential families among the elite of Esper, and Silas is its heir. A gifted mage, Silas trained to join the Seekers of Carmot, an order of mages who claim to know the true nature of etherium and how to create more of the precious metal. Silas rose quickly through their ranks, and he was honored with the first etherium heart ever produced.